Heat Trap by J.L. Merrow

Posted March 6, 2018 by shooting in Book Review / 24 Comments

Heat Trap by J.L. Merrow

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Check out the summary on Goodreads

Review: I don’t want to spoil too much about this book as it’s the third in a series, which is why I didn’t include the official summary above. However, I can say that I absolutely love these books. I’m a big fan of m/m romance – as you probably know if you’ve read my blog for awhile – but I also love m/m books that aren’t just focused on the romance (though those are awesome too!) and the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries are just such books. Plus, it’s a series that follows the same couple, which can be rare – most “sequels” in m/m fiction tend to be companion novels.

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While I don’t always rate books I read, I gave the first two books (Pressure Head and Relief Valve) four stars, and I rated Heat Trap five stars on Goodreads. Once again, this book features a mystery that Tom and his PI boyfriend, Phil, must try and solve. Tom’s a plumber by trade – hence the series’ title – but he also has the ability to find things that have been purposely hidden, connecting the emotion of the hider with it, so sometimes it’s a bit cheeky, but other times (in the case of murders), it’s much darker. As for Phil and Tom, they have been growing their relationship across all of these books and I love how they are growing closer, as well as getting to know more about each other. Phil and Tom knew each other in school but they hadn’t seen each other in years, and a lot happened during that time period, especially because Phil was definitely not out back in the day.

I feel like this series just gets better and better. The mysteries are all intriguing, and I love when Tom uses his abilities, but I also like the growth of a relationship across multiple books. It feels natural and realistic. I definitely recommend this series, and Heat Trap in particular.

24 responses to “Heat Trap by J.L. Merrow

  1. Ali

    I’ve never read a m/m romance (I’m not really a romance novel reader), but I have heard that the Captive Prince is good. I don’t know if I’ll ever pick it up, but good to know that for those that enjoy m/m romance, this is another option for folks!

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  2. This sounds like a good series. I like romance – all kinds – but I also like that there is a mystery going on along side of the romance. I think that adds a lot to keep your interest!

  3. That’s fantastic that your tar rating went up with the third book in this series. It’s usually the opposite.

    “the ability to find things that have been purposely hidden, connecting the emotion of the hider with it” – is this like a Sherlock Holmes thing or actual power he has?

  4. I’m a fan of the series, too. I was glad to grab up books four and five so I can press forward with Tom and Phil and all the other fun characters. Like you, I enjoy these for more than the romance. I like the more general focus that having the mysteries and Tom’s personal and family stories to go with the romance. And he is just so cheeky. LOL

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